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Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Volume: 33 no. 12
Subject: Mutual Improvement Association (1875-1972) -- Periodicals; Church Periodicals
Publisher: Salt Lake City, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1897-1970
Possible copyright status: © Copyright by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.
Call number: M205.1 I34 v. 1-73 1897-1970
Digitizing sponsor: Corporation of the Presiding Bishop, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Book contributor: Church History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Collection: improvementera; churchhistorylibraryperiodicals; churchhistorylibrary; americana
Subject: "Older Inactive Men Bearing the Aaronic Priesthood"
Good article on page 817:
"The question is asked, "What shall be done with such men?" In answering this question we may probably ask another: "What can be done if they are indifferent but are not doing anything in opposition to the Church or transgressing any commandments severely affecting their standing?" The only thing that can be done is to seek in every way possible to get them interested in the performance of their duties. It is not proper to disfellowship them for indifference.
“If they can be drawn to meeting they should be appointed to meet with the elders if they are over twenty-one years of age. They should be made welcome by the quorum presidency . . .
“The bishopric and the Aaronic Priesthood quorum supervisors should be particularly helpful to them in making them welcome and getting them to take part in the activities and duty assignments as far as justifiable. If they become active and faithful they should be recommended for ordination to the Melchizedek Priesthood . . .
“While it is true that inactivity of members reduces the percentage and reflects unfavorably on the reports of the Aaronic Priesthood, the fact is that percentages are not the most important thing to consider and every possible effort should be made to save and bring into activity every member.”
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